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Point Breeze Credit Union donation helps to establish new youth mentoring program

Donna Trado, Owings Mills’ Office Manager - Point Breeze Credit Union; April Wright-Ferguson, Director of Sarah’s House Hannah More; Michelle Boyle, Vice President of Development for SVDP

April 16, 2018 - Sarah’s Hope at Hannah More is  our family homeless shelter on Reisterstown Road in Baltimore County. It’s a place where families experiencing homelessness can stay together - whether they are dual-parent families or families headed by single dads or moms. 

Point Breeze Credit Union has donated $10,000 to launch a youth mentoring program for middle and high school-aged students living at the shelter.

Being homeless is extra tough on kids. Low self-esteem and shame  are common. At school, classmates quickly figure out these kids are different - and often single them out for bullying and derision because they live in a shelter .

The new mentoring program is designed to give our children a chance to be children. Group sessions will give them a safe space to talk  and help cultivate  a sense of belonging.

Point Breeze’s generous donation is our most significant contribution to date this year.  In addition to the mentoring program, Point Breeze’s donation will support efforts to transition families to permanent housing with welcome kits. When families move into their new home, Sarah’s Hope provides them with items such as sheets and blankets for a smooth transition.

Learn more about Sarah’s Hope

Sarah’s Hope is an emergency program that provides shelter and basic essentials for families dealing with homelessness. We actually have two locations - one on Reisterstown Road in the Hannnah More park complex in Baltimore County, and one on Mount Street in the Sandtown Winchester neighborhood in Baltimore City.

The mission for both locations is to ‘re-house’ families by helping them move into permanent housing.  Our Reisterstown location serves roughly 25 families at a time and provides hot meals, youth activities and tutoring, adult education classes, case management, housing placement and referrals.  

If you’d like to help out we have an Amazon wishlist with items that our families need.

Or if you have time to donate fill out our general volunteer application General Volunteer Application.

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